Can A Convicted Felon Legally Shoot A Gun?

Here’s a question that came up recently:

Can a convicted felon shoot a gun legally? I know that convicted felons cannot own firearms, but can they shoot them? Like if a friend or family member owns the gun?

Although everyone pretty much knows that felons cannot legally own a firearm, it’s a good question.

Unfortunately, federal law prohibits the possession of a firearm by anyone convicted of a felony. There are a few exceptions to the statute (such as when a person has had his or her civil rights restored by the State in which they were convicted), but most people won’t meet the requirements.

Although many convicted felons have turned their lives around and may simply want to hunt or target shoot, they would be violating federal law and facing up to 10 years in prison.